Home batteries and other means of home power backup, such as generators, are an excellent option for homeowners who deal with frequent power outages and blackouts, or are billed at a higher rate for power used at certain times of day. These devices allow homeowners to store energy produced by their solar panels and use it at a later time, typically either when the grid is down or when panels aren’t producing power.
Home batteries are a great way to store the energy generated by your solar panels to use strategically, either when your panels aren’t producing power, during a grid outage, or when your utility charges higher rates. Home batteries are charged with energy produced by solar panels, and can be discharged later to power your home.
Home batteries have sophisticated discharge management capability, which allows homeowners to set preferences for the times and circumstances in which to use stored energy, and the devices and appliances to power in those circumstances.
Solar panels convert photons from sunlight into DC power, which is converted into usable AC power by the inverter.
Power produced by solar panels that is not used to power the home is stored in the home battery.
Batteries are discharged to power the home. This can be at night, during grid outages, or at times when utility rates are higher.
A home battery allows you to store energy produced by your solar panels for use at night, on cloudy days, and at other times when your panels aren’t producing power.
Storing energy in a home battery keeps you prepared for power outages and blackouts. Many solar systems are also capable of recharging batteries while the grid is down, ensuring power during extended outages.
Home batteries are a great way to manage energy usage by time of day – ideal for energy billing structures that charge a premium during specific time windows.
Battery systems can also be set to supply power to certain high-usage appliances and devices, minimizing extra charges under demand charge billing structures.
There are two main approaches to home backup – whole and partial. The concepts are fairly straightforward – whole home backup aims to provide enough backup capacity to power “business as usual” home operations for a certain period of time, while partial home backup identifies certain critical devices and appliances to back up.
Whole home backup can be achieved for most homeowners, but it is typically a very large investment. Partial home backup is much more approachable for most homeowners, and ensures that the most important aspects of your home have sufficient power – allowing for increased comfort and convenience during outages and blackouts.
Zenernet works with the most trusted brands and manufacturers in home backup to offer every homeowner the best solution for their unique situation. Our expert energy consultants will help you determine the most important factors to consider and identify the products best suited for your installation. See below for some of the home backup brands and manufacturers we work with.
The right price to pay for solar panels is different for every homeowner, and depends on a number of factors. Determining the right price starts with an evaluation of energy usage and billing structure, which will help determine the ideal strategy and capacity to design the battery system for. The next consideration is whether to design for partial- or whole-home backup.
This thought process will allow you to identify the home backup solution that makes the most sense for you.
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